Film Discovery: THE PILLOW BOOK (1996)

In a world where sex sells, it’s easy to easy to create films centered around it. What isn’t easy is creating films that are sensual. In other words, it’s difficult to create an experience that portrays pleasure as an art form. One of those rare films is The Pillow Book, the 1997 indie film directed…

Film Campaigns to Watch: DADDY’S PLAYGROUND

In a time where authentic relationships are hard to cultivate, many working people have resorted to uses the internet and social media to not necessarily find the “One” but the one for right now. Especially in the case of the wealthy elite in Los Angeles, there is not much time for a typical girlfriend (or…

A Look towards 2018

I have to say, 2017 has been a rough year for a lot of people- myself included. In the long-term, I can look at it as a year of personal growth. Honestly, I’ve been a little bit of a hermit this year- mainly working and retreating to my home. I haven’t really lived life too…

STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI: Empowering the “Nobodies” (Not a Review)

As indicated by the blog title, I almost exclusively go the theater alone. There’s so much freedom in choosing to see what I want, feel how I want, and process a film how I want when I’m solo. However, there are a rare set of films that shouldn’t be experienced alone- they are meant to…

Redefining Feminism in 2017: Women’s Marches, Hollywood, & #METOO

According to Miriam Webster, FEMINISM is 2017’s word of the year. Prompted by a large series of events, Feminism has become one of the most searched words of 2017. Like any word in the English language, feminism has multiple meanings to different people. This was the definition I found on the Miriam Webster site: FEMINISM…

THE SHAPE OF WATER

Not one for romance…films. But I do appreciate some unconventional stories about love- even if it is about a mute janitor falling for an aquatic man-fish. Guillermo del Toro- the renowned Mexican filmmaker known for his dark fantasy and Gothic aesthetic (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Mimic, Crimson Peak)  returns with The Shape of Water. One of…

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

After a long year it’s finally December. With just three weeks left in the year, it’s the peak of awards season film releases- which means there truly is a lot of weight behind the saying “Save the best for last.” Last week’s screening was the critically acclaimed The Disaster Artist, and before that Lady Bird.…

Film Campaigns to Watch: LEXICAL GAP

Redefining virginity one song at a time… What does lexical gap mean? It’s a term I’ve never heard of before now. In reference to good old Wikipedia, it is “a word or other form that does not exist in some language but which would be permitted by the grammatical rules of the language.” In simpler…

THE DISASTER ARTIST

There’s sort of an ironic romanticism behind failure. No story would be interesting if there wasn’t some sort of struggle involved. Why is failure so fascinating? In the past week, the Museum of Failure opened in Los Angeles. It’s an epic display of unsuccessful innovations from major companies such as Apple, Google, and Kodak among…

LADY BIRD

It seemed pretty coincidental that I finally watched Frances Ha just a few days before I went to see today’s film Lady Bird- Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut. Both stories are inspired by Greta’s real life, but Lady Bird serves as a more semi-autobiographical film. The film was highly anticipated, with strong debuts at Telluride and Toronto-…